The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Five ways to tap into this season of harvest, giving, and generosity

Five ways to tap into this season of harvest

Fall signals the harvest season: a time to reflect on our original intentions for the year and acknowledge all our hard work so far. We may grieve how quickly the year has flown by and yet cherish the fall flavors and colors. The season is inspiring, poignant, bittersweet. Between school, work activities, and holidays, this is a season to reconnect with ourselves and our higher purpose, and to connect with others in a spirit of collaboration.

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Mind-body skills groups for medical students: reducing stress, enhancing commitment, and promoting patient-centered care

Mind-body skills groups for medical students

When I started The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in 1991, one of my missions was to bring our vision of self-care and group support to medical students. I am happy to report that I’ve just published a paper that describes how our Mind-Body Skills Group (MBSG) model is currently being used in 15 medical schools. The article, “Mind-body skills groups for medical students: reducing stress, enhancing commitment, and promoting patient-centered care” is in BioMed Central Medical Education (James S. Gordon, 22 September 2014), one of the leading peer-reviewed journals of medical education.
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Koru: A Program to Help Students with Stress at Duke University

Koru - A Program to Help Students with Stress at Duke University

“I don’t think I would have made it through grad school without this class.”

This is a quotation from a Duke student who participated in Koru, a course to help students with stress that has its inspiration in mindfulness meditation and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s mind-body skills group model.

Koru, which is a Maori symbol for growth around a stable center, began at Duke University in 2007 and has since then transformed the lives of hundreds of Duke students.
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Contentment

Contentment

Recently, my husband and I were on an 800 mile cross country drive returning our oldest son to college. The Sunday before the drive I had slipped and fallen, resulting in an injury to my rotator cuff; I also had cystitis (an annoying and uncomfortable irritation of the bladder); and my husband was having an arthritic flare, his right wrist throbbing. A few days prior to that our home was flooded accidentally when a bathroom faucet overflowed; shorting out our electrical system and collapsing the kitchen ceiling. I also had a recent job promotion with enormous responsibilities. We actually left home 4 hours later than planned because I had to go to work to complete some important tasks.
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